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Asbestos Substitute Materials

10 May 2018 Asbestos

Asbestos Substitute Materials


Asbestos gained its widespread use decades past because of its affordability and accessibility for household use. However, as it was found out that the benefits of its use outweighs the health hazards it can give, major actions were immediately taken to remove asbestos from every household.  Vancouver is still heavily undergoing asbestos abatement activities as there are many nice old houses all over Canada. Since asbestos has some useful uses at home, have you ever wondered what can be some asbestos substitute materials one can have? It has to be entirely non-toxic and safe to use in residential homes, as well as commercial and strata buildings.

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Asbestos in Makeup

Asbestos Found in Makeup for Teens

19 Apr 2018 Asbestos

Asbestos Found in Makeup for Teens


Claire’s is a popular retail chain that markets its products to children and teens. In 2017, a mother sent her daughter’s makeup palette she received as a gift to a laboratory. The results confirmed that asbestos was found in makeup for teens. It came back positive for tremolite asbestos which is a carcinogen. A similar company to Claire’s had also had their products pulled from shelves after a similar issue with asbestos being found in some of their makeup kits.

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Asbestos Exposure

Ways to Prevent Asbestos Exposure 

Ways to Prevent Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos is a harmful material, but it might be hiding all around you. If you inhale asbestos, you are at risk for mesothelioma, a condition where symptoms only shows in 20 to 50 years later. Here are the ways to prevent  asbestos exposure  to  keep ourselves and our families safe. More so, if you are currently dealing with getting rid of it from your home, it is advised to call an asbestos abatement professional to properly to the task. In the meantime, let’s see asbestos exposure prevention in each place close to our lives!

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Unbelievable Facts About Asbestos

25 Jan 2018 Asbestos

Unbelievable Facts About Asbestos

Asbestos is a notoriously known as a dangerous material now, and although we try to remove it and cleanse our homes and work spaces, it can still be found in the most unsuspecting of places. Asbestos was often used when houses are built in the 1940s and ‘50s because it was cheap, useful and fire resistant. Everybody knows this asbestos fact, but there are some unbelievable facts about asbestos  that you may have never heard of, and would be great to educate yourself on!

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Remove Asbestos Safely

Remove Asbestos Safely

11 Jan 2018 Asbestos

Remove Asbestos Safely

Before doing a renovation, it is important to put in mind that dealing with asbestos issues may come up. This is especially true and common for old houses that have undergone renovation. It is not an issue that you can simply ignore and move on. However, solving this issue needs a qualified asbestos professional. Why? It is common knowledge that asbestos is very dangerous and causes people to get serious diseases.  Asbestos used to seem like an amazing product: It was fire-resistant, an excellent insulator and dirt cheap. So, it was often used when homes were built. For this reason, Canada’ s infrastructure used asbestos from the 1900s before it was clear that asbestos is dangerous to people. However, there is just no easy way to remove asbestos safely. One has to hire an asbestos removal contractor who knows the ins and outs to remove asbestos safely.

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holiday items containing asbestos

Holiday Items Containing Asbestos

22 Dec 2017 Asbestos

Holiday Items Containing Asbestos

The holidays are a beautiful time to be spending with your family and loved ones. You don’t want to ruin the fun and memories that come with it. We buy gifts to our kids and loved ones for them to feel valued and appreciated. However, unbeknownst to us, asbestos  can be hiding in some holiday items and decorations. Decorations are usually staying up for months at a time, and if these decorations are indoors, can cause health issues. Asbestos isn’t used in new holiday decorations, however, a lot of the old decorations from the 1940’s – 1980’s do, as it was a popular, durable and cheap material to use for insulation.

So be careful when bringing out the dusty old box of holiday decorations passed down from generations, hiding in your attic.

Electric Blankets

Asbestos was often used in electric blankets as a way to provide insulation, keep in warmth, and provide fire resistance. If you know your old electric blanket was manufactured during the 1940’s – 1980’s, it is best to replace it with a new one for yourself and your family.

Fireproof Gloves

Similar to electric blankets, fireproof gloves used to contain asbestos due to its insulation and fire-resistant properties many years ago. If you find any of these older versions lying around the house and suspect they could be from that time period, it is a great idea o replace them with new ones.


Adhesives during the 20th century used to contain asbestos due to its heat and fire resistance, as well as its ability to create a strong bond to many surfaces. It is best to be careful with old tape you still have in that old box of decorations or toolbox.

Hot Plates and Popcorn Machines

Once again, due to its ability to resist high heat and fire, asbestos was regularly used in appliances requiring heat. This included popcorn poppers, crock pots, and hot places. It was used as an insulator from wires and heating elements.

If you suspect you may have any of these items in your home, make sure to dispose of them right away. Likewise, if you’re quite sure some areas of your home are contaminated, call our BC Construction and Demolition asbestos abatement team and we will make sure to bring your home back to safety.


Powerful Demolition Machines

24 Nov 2017 Asbestos

Powerful Demolition Machines

Demolition in itself is a form of art; to destroy something that was once a fixture that may have been an integral part of an individual’s life so that there is room for new creativity and stature to be built. It is also important to be aware that some issues may crop up during the renovation or inspection process.  A residential or commercial building demolition does not only require knowledge of what proper equipment may be needed, but also, modern and powerful demolition machines to do the job. One of the issues may have something to deal with asbestos.

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Dangers of Asbestos

6 Nov 2017 Asbestos

Dangers of Asbestos

What is asbestos? Asbestos is defined as “a fibrous mineral, either amphibole or chrysotile, formerly used for making incombustible or fireproof articles”, or in lay-man’s terms it is a material that is used in housing which has been deemed fireproof. While this sounds like the perfect material to use to insulate homes, it has actually been deemed as an illegal material. Of course, the government did not only on a whim declared the illegal use of asbestos, but scientific research have proven that the dangers of asbestos far outweigh the benefits in can give.

Asbestos was widely used in the early 1900s and there were not enough studies to show evidence about its hazards. Over time and with the sophistication of the tools in scientific research, asbestos is found to be potentially hazardous to human health. Along with this, there were studies and tests that have established a strong correlation between asbestos and fibrotic lung disease as well as changes in the lining of the chest cavity. Despite the dangers of asbestos to human health, it is still commonly present anywhere.  It can be found in products such as cement/plaster as well as floor and ceiling tiles and inhalation of fumes causes the most harm. The dangers of asbestos then creates an issue since houses from the 80’s are still in existence to date and most homeowners are not aware of what materials or procedures were utilized in the construction.

In situations like this, BC Green Construction & Demolition mission to contain the dangers of asbestos comes into play. We offer our affordable expertise and asbestos abatement services in Lower Mainland British Columbia. Not only do we provide help with the removal, we also take the responsibility of clean up and safe disposal of the hazardous material.

We want to help homeowners have the peace of mind when it comes to  thinking about their home. Call our team today and we will be glad to serve you right away.


Asbestos in Your Home

Asbestos in your Home

Asbestos in your home can be found anywhere, especially if the home was built during the 19th century. Asbestos is a naturally  occurring fibrous  material that was a popular building material from the 1950s  to 1990s.   It was used extensively because it is an insulator,  has good fire  protection properties, has tensile strength, and is resistant to  chemical erosion. Unfortunately, it’s hard to  know if you’re  working with asbestos because it is often mixed with other  materials.  However, if you work in a building built before 1990, it’s likely  that  at least some parts of the building have asbestos.


Common uses

Some of the more common uses of asbestos in buildings are shown below

Spray applied fireproofing

Asbestos in your home can be found as fire protection on  structural supports (e.g. columns and beams), walls and ceilings.   Asbestos containing and non-asbestos containing forms of spray applied  fireproofing may be found.

Mechanical insulation

Mechanical insulation can be  found on mechanical systems, including: boilers, vessels, tanks and  pipes.  These materials often have a high asbestos content.


In older homes, the paper backing  on some linoleum (sheet flooring) may contain high concentrations of  asbestos.  The paper packing tears easily and can result in high fiber  levels if disturbed and appropriate procedures are not used.

Floor tiles

Resilient floor tiles in all  sizes may contain asbestos. A common myth is that you can tell by the  size alone if the floor tile is likely to contain asbestos, you cannot.

Drywall taping compound

Drywall taping compound, or  drywall mud, sometimes referred to simply as drywall, often contains  asbestos.  In addition to covering seams, taping compound is also used  to cover holes, screws and nails and will be feathered out over a large  area for a smooth appearance.  As a result, the entire drywall sheet  should be treated as asbestos containing.


Vermiculite is a light-weight,  fire-resistant material.  It has been used in numerous products,  including insulation for attics and walls. If you have vermiculite  insulation in your home, you should assume this material is contaminated  with asbestos, unless appropriate sampling by a qualified person  determines otherwise.

Asbestos cement board and tiles

Cement boards are often located  on exterior buildings, forming wall coverings and roofs. They may appear  as flat sheets, in corrugated sheet or as smaller overlapping tiles.   They may be used indoors in electrical panels, as a heat shield around  fireplaces and heating components, as blackboards, as peg board and as  wall coverings.

Asbestos cement pipes

Asbestos cement pipes are commonly found as water supply and drain pipes.

Textured decorative coating

Textured and decorative finishes on walls and ceilings in older buildings often contains asbestos.



Are you planning to renovate or demolish a  house built before 1990? If so, your house most likely contains asbestos  — a highly dangerous and toxic material. To avoid exposure, you must:

  • Have an asbestos abatement expert to inspect  your home to determine where asbestos-containing materials are before  you begin your renovations
  • Have all identified materials removed by someone trained in asbestos removal. Unsure where to find an expert. Call our BC Green Construction & Demolition team to help you with it.
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